2007-03-17 / News

Hebron village clerk to resign

COLUMBUS - Hebron Village Clerk Vicky Fulk has agreed to resign after pleading guilty in U. S. District Court March 14 to onecount of embezzlement.

According to a statement of facts filed with her plea agreement, Fulk embezzled approximately $46,128 in village funds between January 2003 and May 2006. Fulk admitted that she manipulated the Village's payroll system to improperly credit herself with several thousand hours of sick and vacation leave. She later used the same system to create checks payable to herself and "cashed out" the sick and vacation leave approximately 32 times. As an elected official, Fulk is not entitled to sick or vacation leave.

As part of her plea, Fulk agreed to resign from the elected position she has held since 1996. Village officials learned in February 2006 that it appeared that Fulk had overpaid herself. The discovery was referred to the Hebron Police Department within hours. Most of the investigation was handled by the Licking County Sheriff's Office.The violation was handled in federal court since the village receives federal funding.

Fulk faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She is free on bond.

Mayor Clifford Mason will appoint an interim clerk/treasurer.

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